How to Define Your Vision And Purpose
Skills of Resilience Series
How does life feel when you lack vision and purpose?
Questions to uncover your vision and purpose
- What is your purpose in life?
It’s a big question! Purpose is that innate ‘thing’ that we do that we never get tired of doing. We do it easily and feel good afterwards. It could be teaching, helping people, building things, exploring the world. It’s generally best to keep it in broad terms and then work to shape it in greater detail.
Vision is what we see when we are doing our Purpose.
- What is it you’re passionate about?
Helping others? Healing? Teaching? Exploring? Creating? Connecting? Building things?
- What is it that lights you up when you think about it?
What gets you excited. What are you naturally drawn to that warms your soul?
- What really matters to you – what do you care passionately about?
What is it that has you paying attention and expressing an opinion? What is it that ‘gets’ you every time, and makes you want to lean in and step forward.
When trying to pinpoint your purpose, you’re looking for the intersection of three key considerations.
- Your natural skills, strengths and gifts
- Your interests and what you LOVE to do
- A current or future need in the world for what you care about, and what you can offer
Don’t be afraid to ask
It can be a very useful and powerful question to ask people who are close to you and whom you trust. These questions are not coming from ego, they are coming from a place of asking what they see is your essence. Their answers may surprise you.
Close trusted friends and family will often see things in us that we don’t see clearly ourselves. Go ahead and ask them.
“What do you see as my natural gifts?” “What do you appreciate in me?” What do you see are the real authentic parts of me that other people value and benefit from?”
What happens after you’ve defined your purpose?
Clarify and give shape to what living a life aligned to your purpose and passion looks like. What needs to happen to allow you to step into a life that would give you delight? What is the order and priority of the steps?
Answering these questions opens up the door to self knowledge, self appreciation and sets the stage for growth.
Working through these questions with someone can be helpful. Reach out to those around you to see what support is there. Perhaps a coach or mentor can help guide you, particularly when significant changes are involved. Each stage of the process is a valuable stepping stone to resetting, refocusing, and beginning to write the life symphony of your choice.